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Taking Care of Your Electric Car's Tires
Taking care of your electric car tires can be an overlooked task. People worry about the performance, range, and charge time of their cars however, you might not consider that the tires they are driving on could greatly impact the range and performance of your EV. Included are some simple tips to help you keep your tires in check.
Electric vehicles are becoming more popular each year. More and more people are making the switch to electric cars for a variety of reasons, including environmental concerns and cost savings.
One thing that many people don't think about when it comes to electric cars is how to take care of the tires.
In this blog post, we will discuss how to take care of electric vehicle tires and some tips for keeping them in good condition!
Check Air Pressure
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to taking care of electric vehicle tires is that they need to be properly inflated.
You should check the pressure of your tires at least once a month and make sure they are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended level.
If you don't have a pressure gauge, consider investing in one as they are of immense value at their price. Traditionally can usually find the recommended pressure levels printed on the side of the tire. If they are not, the owner's manual will have that printed for you.
Having the air pressure at the optimal level will help keep the tires in good condition and ensures you are getting the most range out of your electric vehicle's batteries.
Keep an Eye on Tread Depth
Another thing to keep an eye on when it comes to electric vehicle tires is their tread depth.
The tread depth of a tire should be at least ¼ inch, though preferably more like ⅜ inch.
If the tread depth falls below this, it's time for a new set of tires. You can measure the tread depth by using a quarter. Place the quarter with the head side in view, place the quarter in the tread with the top of the head facing down and ensure that the tread at minimum reached the forehead. If the tread does not touch his forehead it is time to replace your tires. (Winter tires will need more tread)
When you check the tread depth, be sure to check that in all 4 tires! It's not uncommon for one tire to be significantly more worn down than the others.
Rotate Tires Regularly
In addition to keeping an eye on the tread depth, you should also rotate your tires regularly.
Tire rotation is important because it evens out the wear and tear on your tires. This will help them last longer and perform better and even prevent tire blowouts.
Most automakers recommend rotating your tires every 8000 kilometres or every other oil change, whichever comes first.
Be sure to consult your owner's manual for the specific instructions on how to rotate your electric vehicle's tires! You'll be okay with a ramp and impact wrench for changing tires on your electric vehicle.
Clean Tires Regularly
Just like you should clean your car regularly, you should also clean your electric vehicle's tires regularly. This will help remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may have built up over time. It will also help keep them looking new!
Dirt and debris can get caught in the tread of the tire, leading to decreased traction and an increase in wear. When the treads get filled with dirt and other debris, it becomes harder for the tire to grip the road which can lead to accidents.
There are a number of ways to clean your tires, but our favourite is using a mixture of water and vinegar. Simply mix the two together in a spray bottle and spritz the tires. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a brush. Rinse off with water and you're done!
You can also use a tire cleaner specifically made for cars. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and follow them to a tee.
Avoid Potholes and Other Road Hazards
One of the most important things you can do to take care of your electric vehicle's tires is to avoid potholes and other road hazards. Potholes can cause serious damage to your tires, leading to a need for a replacement sooner than you'd like.
If you can't avoid a pothole, try to slow down as much as possible and go over it at an angle. This will help reduce the amount of damage done to your car.
Have an Alignment Check
If you're experiencing problems with your electric vehicle's tires, such as a poor battery range or uneven wear, it may be time for an alignment check. Alignment issues can cause excessive wear on your tires, so it's important to catch them early!
An alignment check can help determine if the problem is caused by the alignment of your car. If it is, then the technician will adjust it so that it's correct. This can help improve the performance of your car and extend the life of your tires.
Alignment problems are common in electric vehicles, so don't hesitate to have one if you think there may be an issue.
Visually Inspect the Tires Regularly
In addition to all of the things you should be doing regularly to take care of your electric vehicle's tires, you should also visually inspect them regularly.
This means taking a look at them from different angles and making sure there are no cracks, bulges, or other damage.
If you do notice any damage, it's important to have it fixed as soon as possible. Damaged tires can be dangerous and may lead to an accident.
Be sure to inspect your tires every time you recharge! It only takes a few minutes and could save you from a lot of headaches down the road.
If you see anything that looks suspicious, take your car in for a check-up.
Taking care of your electric vehicle's tires is important! By following the tips in this post, you can help keep them in good condition and improve your car's performance and range.
Having the tires in check regularly will help you catch any problems before they become a massive problem.
You should also be on the lookout for any foreign objects that may have gotten stuck in the tires.
It's good to keep a record of your tire rotation and alignment schedule so you don't forget when it's time for the next one.
Last but not least, always consult your owner's manual! It will have all the specific instructions on how to take care of your electric vehicle's tires.